Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The False Supremes

Today is Tuesday, 25 June 2013.

Once again, the five illegitimate members of the Roberts Court have irrevocably disgraced themselves and permanently soiled their reputations, through gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965, pretending that the Confederacy ... pardon, the states of the Olde South ... have completely changed and become colour-blind.

Why are they false and illegitimate members?

Scalia and Kennedy were "appointed" by Ronald Reagan, who committed high crimes and war crimes in the instance of the Contra War, among other things.  Clarence "Sexual Harasser" Thomas was appointed by George H. W. Bush, also responsible for high crimes and war crimes, among other things.  Roberts and Alito were "appointed" by George W. Bush, who stole the Presidency.  

Thus, the current Supreme Court has five members "appointed" by Presidents who earned removal from office and imprisonment, thus invalidating all their Presidential powers and acts.  And who woulda thunk it:  it's those five who voted to gut the VRA of '65.

The Dirty Five should be immediately removed from the Court, and made subject to imprisonment, allowing the five vacancies to be filled by a legitimate President.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

This Is the World We Have Chosen

Today is Thursday, 6 June 2013.

"Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the enigmatic figure at the center of the worst American war crime in recent memory, admitted for the first time on Wednesday [to] deliberately killing 16 Afghan civilians last year, most of them women and children."  [The New York Times, 6 June 2013]

Staff Sgt. Bales had suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD, yet the command structure continued his combat deployment.  In a military court, Staff Sgt. Bales said, "There's not a good reason for why I did the horrible things I did."  His memory of the killings is only partial.

This is what we must expect.  Soldiers with brain injuries, who are forced back into combat, are subjected to stresses far beyond that of other soldiers.

This is not the case, of course, with their civilian commanders.  In this instance, the War Against Afghanistan has been fought on the cheap, since the real interest of the Bush-Cheney/Cheney-Bush regime was the Conquest of Iraq, in what was supposed to be a walk-over war which would secure overwhelming American hegemony in the Middle East for many decades to come.

Didn't quite work out that way.

While Bush and Cheney and their minions prepared a war of aggression (a high crime under the Nuremberg Principles), their lives went on as before:  instead of Meals Ready to Eat and canteens of field-purified water, the Aggressors feasted and swilled Champagne.  They should be serving life in prison, not such as Staff Sgt. Bales.

But then, this is the world we have chosen.


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Rewarding Failure

Today is Tuesday, 4 June 2013.

"Should further reform be necessary, I urge that military commanders remain central to the legal process," said General Martin E. Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff).  "The commanders' responsibility to preserve good order and discipline remains essential to accomplishing any change within our profession.  Reducing command responsibility could adversely affect the ability of the commander to enforce professional standards and ultimately, to accomplish the mission."  (In testimony given on 3 June before the Senate Armed Services Committee.)

Given that women have been eligible to serve in the military on an equal basis, including as commissioned officers, since 1948, it is obvious that having 65 years for commanders to enforce military discipline such that males raping women has ceased to be a common occurrence ... either the commanders are incompetent, or they rather fancy rape themselves, or they view all women as objects and property, meant by Fate or Design to serve males sexually.

The Joint Chiefs should have no second chances.  The Joint Chiefs should be court martialed and, after having done their time at hard labour, dismissed with dishonourable discharges, and stripped of their pensions and all other benefits.  Should lower-ranking commanders not undertake the strongest efforts to stop all forms of sexual harassment and rape in their units, they should enjoy the same fate as their "betters."

The military culture of rape would be easy to eradicate.  Obviously, some evil males wish it to continue.